FAQ

What type of wood do you use?

We mainly use white pine as it is the easiest to work with and the most available species in our area.

Do you carve anything besides bears?

Yes, we do.  We specialize in bears but can carve just about anything you can think of.  We cannot, however, carve anything under 24″.

Do you do on-site carvings?

No, we do not.  Our retail store keeps us busy enough that we cannot travel to carve.

How do I take care of my carving?

All carvings come with a care sheet.  If you need another one, you can find it here:

Most carvings are made from white pine.   We guarantee your carving will crack.  We try to minimize cracking.  As the pine dries, it forms small checks (cracks). We recommend that for the first year, keep your carving out of direct sunlight. The summer sun tends to dry them too quickly causing more cracking and/or deeper cracks.  Equally as important is to keep your carving off the ground by either setting on 1 x 4 boards, crushed stone, patio blocks, anything to maintain a dry barrier between the earth and your carving. If you keep your carving indoors, always keep it off the floor or carpet and away from any heat source.

The first coat of finish we put on a carving is an oil-based wood preservative, followed by a coat of oil-based paint, then a coat of spar varnish. We use Ace Rust Stop oil based enamels. The marine spar varnish that we use is McCloskey’s Man O War spar varnish, satin finish. It is available at most hardware stores. We recommend that you apply a coat of spar varnish as needed (when water no longer beads up or carving is dull-looking), usually about every 2 years if exposed to the elements.

Larger cracks (those that a quarter sideways will fit) on painted surfaces (NOT the base) can be filled in with a latex caulk (do not use roofing caulk as it will not dry). Overfill the crack as caulk will shrink. You can paint the caulk when it’s dry and then follow up with a coat of spar varnish, if needed. You can also fill cracks with a sawdust and glue mixture or wood filler.  The base is stained so any filler you put in those cracks will show and cannot be matched to the base.

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